Edictum Law and Legal Definition

Edictum is a Latin term which means an edict or mandate. It means an ordinance, law, enactment, or legislation which belongs to the class of constitutions principis after its enactment by the ancient Roman emperors without the senate. It is one of the chief forms of imperial legislation. It is distinct from a mandata, or instructions to subordinates and rescripta which are written answers to officials or others who consulted the emperor.